Best prank ever? Hmmm, not sure if it qualifies as a prank, though it was April Fools Day and Mike got me good, really good.
It’s Secret Subject Swap and my subject is:
What’s the best prank you ever pulled or had pulled on you?
It was submitted by: Spatulas On Parade
The first year we were married, I worked at a co-op of farmers and did payroll and accounts payables for 4 farms. Payroll could get kind of crazy at times, especially in the spring when the tomato crops were almost done and the watermelon crews came in. Some weeks, payroll would run $250,000 to $300,000 a week. ( No that’s not a typo y’all).
That year April Fool’s fell on a Friday and it was one of those weeks. You know the ones? Where the system freezes up halfway through processing the payroll? Then the printer decides to be hard to get along with and eats a couple dozen checks, the boss realizes he forgot to give you the file with the signed AP checks so they didn’t get mailed and the fertilizer guy is refusing to deliver till he gets paid. Yeah one of those weeks.
In the midst of all of this, my phone rang and it was Mike.
Me: Good Morning, _________ Farms, this is Minette
Me: Hey, what’s up?
Mike: There’s an alligator in your bathtub.
Me: Yeah Yeah Yeah, it’s Friday, it’s April Fools and I’ve got a HUGE payroll to get out. Can you do dinner tonight? Gotta go, Love you.
Back to the putting out the fires in the office.
Several hours later, FINALLY all the fires are out and it’s time to go home. I was in a rush to shake off the crappy week and get home so I didn’t even take the time to use the restroom before I headed out for my hour ride home.
The traffic was awful ( Spring in SW Florida, lots of snowbirds on the road, enough said about that). By the time I got home, I really really needed to use the restroom, so I ran in the door, dropped my purse and sprinted for the bathroom. Ahhhhh relief. THEN I looked in the bathtub because of the phone call earlier. Yep you guessed it. There really was an alligator in my bathtub. With pink flagging ( a type of plastic ribbon surveyors use) wrapped around it’s snout.
To say I flew out of the bathroom would be an understatement. Didn’t even take time to pull my pants all the way up.
Mike is sitting there, hand over mouth, the devil in his eyes, trying (not very hard) not to laugh as I come flying out of the bathroom.
Turns out, he was in a remote undeveloped area of SW Florida (yes they did exist 24 years ago) and this little guy was hanging out on a canal bank. Mike and his crew decided that Mike would bring him home, build him a pond and he could be his pet. They even had a name for him, Crockett in honor of Miami Vice.
Mike’s wife had a different idea and Crockett was returned to his natural habitat the very next morning. At 7:00 a.m. On a Saturday. In the rain. An hours drive away.
As far as dinner, after Mike suggested gator tail and it was vetoed, we ordered pizza.
Grab a cup and go see what everyone else’s Secret Subject was this month…..
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